This coffee group has been exhibiting unacceptable behavior reminiscent of someone who lives in the bush. Perhaps we should remind ourselves that we are city dwellers and capable of a more refined behavior. Who can suggest a way for us to improve our behavior?
By Al Reynolds
For more than a year the Expats have had an informal brunch each Wednesday starting at 10:00am at the Book House Restaurant…. Now, Heads up! Until further notice the restaurant has been changed to the Faroh House Restaurant on North West side of Ring Road at the intersection of Ring Road and Pho Si Road. All you do is show up, have lunch and chat. You never know who you will meet or what information you will pick up.
Recently, two more brunches have sprung up; One on Monday and another on Friday.
On Monday we meet on the outside patio of STARBUCKS COFFEE at the Central Shopping Plaza. Same goes here. You never know who you will meet and what important information or gossip you’ll pick up. Starts at 10:00am
On Friday at 10:00 am we meet for Brunch at Spices Restaurant on Prajak-Sillapakom Road. (walk out of the Central Mall main entrance, turn left and walk a block and a half… it is on the left.) The menu is Thai and Western. The owner speaks English well and bends over backward to accommodate us.
Prajak-Sillapakom road is the road that travels in front of Central Plaza. Spices is midway between Central Plaza and Thong Yai Road.(Toward the Railway station)
Why Did Your Thai Wife Marry You?
Contributed By Dr. I.B. Agnostic
Religion; You’re a Christian not a Buddhist. That means you and your ancestors back in the day are known to have run around killing and maiming in the name of religion while your wife and her ancestors have spent their quiet moments trying to get it right from within. So why did your Thai wife marry such a violent person?
Attitude: You are generally grumpy and walk around sticking your chin out while howling at the moon. The Farang word for mellow is a distant cousin to the Thai word for mellow. So why did your Thai wife marry you?
Language Skills: You speak: English, Swedish, Norwegian, French, German or any one of many languages but you have never given the Thai language enough of a go to learn more than a few words… Your wife is forever required to speak English in her own country. Why would she want to marry you?
Family: You don’t like your wife’s family. So why did she marry you? You don’t like her little brother, her mom or dad and her older brother who you suspect is really her husband. You don’t like any of them and yet she married you. Can you answer that?
Organizational Skills: You are convinced it is your ability to schedule your time from moment to moment and day to day and to live by stringent rules that attracted you wife to you (along with your total good looks, of course.) How could that be? In a country where daily life bubbles along on a whim and happenstance why would your wife want you to organize her life?
Dress Code: You dress like a man who lives in a back alley. Do you think your Thai wife fell in love with you because you wear wife-beater undershirts, ugly plaid shorts and rubber flip flops over white socks?
Etiquette: You think your wife fell in love with you because you make fun of her when she spreads a stupid woven mat on the floor so she and her friends can sit at ground level and eat with their fingers.
Butterfly: You are convinced your wife is most enthusiastic about your night flights away from the home. You believe Thai women enjoy sharing you with other ladies.
Maybe it is Deep Pockets: Your wife has gotten along with less all her life while you have lived with more. She has never had enough electricity to power more than one light bulb or had more than a few thousand baht in her hand at any one time and you come along with enough cash to light up Walking Street and to carpet the floor with cash. Why would she not want to marry someone as crude as you?
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Published on Face Book august 18, 2013
A selection from Bobby Goodfeed’s renown book of rice dishes: Carbohydrates to Die for.
Sticky rice is a phenomenon to me. How can something so clunky with but a hint of taste be so popular? In Isan sticky rice is eaten with every meal. Thai’s can’t go without it.
In the States dinner is built around meat and the potato but nobody eats the same potato prepared the same way every day. In the West we have hash browns in the morning, scalloped potatoes for lunch and baked or mashed for dinner….The same potato can be cooked a hundred different ways with an unbelievable array of spices thrown in. Not so with Sticky rice.
Isan is a huge area about the size of West Texas and just as dry and dusty. The winds blow all the time and that is what I have decided gives sticky rice that hint of taste.
Most houses in Isan are built on stilts and the kitchens are at ground level and open to the outside. Sticky rice is cooked in those open kitchens and must be tossed around from time to time while it is being cooked… Unlike white rice that is cooked in a closed container throughout. It is the dust that is caught on the wind and blown into the kitchen that gives the sticky rice its’ taste… Which is, if you think about it, like eating dirt?